Ken Aptekar toys with paintings from the past by using the history of art as his playground. He time-travels beloved masterpieces into the present by his sly repainting joined to his own witty and intimate texts. Here’s the idea: Paintings are nothing on their own, they start meaning something only when you start talking back to them. Aptekar's work turns this conviction into paintings on wood panels over which he bolts glass sandblasted with text.

Coming in early 2016:


Ken Aptekar: NACHBARN ("Neighbors")

A Commissioned Exhibition at the St. Annen Museum, Lübeck, Germany

Click for DETAILS from recent conference at Rutgers University


Recently in Detroit:


Ken Aptekar: DON'T STOP

New Digital Works & Paintings
Wasserman Projects, Click for DETAILS


Recently in Kansas City:

Ken Aptekar in POEM SPILL: Art & the Written Word
Kemper Museum of Art,
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Near Boston (2012):

Ken Aptekar: Look Again
Wheaton College, Click for DETAILS

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Currently on view:

Jewish Museum, NY
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Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
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And take a look here:

Ken Aptekar: Recent Portraits
Graham Gallery, 32 E 67th. St, NY
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artists' responses to specific passages in the Book of Genesis

October 8, 2009 - March, 2010
San Francisco at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit!
June 5, 2008 - November 16, 2008
The Museum of New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand


Curated by Karen Shaw

September 17, 2008 - November 16, 2008
Islip Museum
Islip, Long Island, NY

Read the New York Times review

SOME FOR ME, SOME FOR YOU: Paintings by Ken Aptekar
January 14, 2008 - March 2, 2008
Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Catalogue with essays by Barry Schwabsky & Director Dr. Ronald Bernier

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TRANSPLANTARE: Paintings, Prints & Video by Ken Aptekar
Nov. 26, 2007 - Jan. 31, 2008
Centro da Cultura Judaica
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Exhibition PDF